Having been abroad for close to three weeks, I’ve been able to do a lot of reflection on my general transition to life in Scotland.
Over here, I have a lot less “responsibility,” whether it is places to be, people to see, etc. It gives me more alone time, and chances to sporadically walk the beach, eat a scone, or write a letter back home.
I’ve come to really think about what are the necessary things in life that make me happy, and I came up with a list.
- People that love and care about me.
- Being intellectually challenged or finding work I am passionate about.
- Eating a few, simple food favourites.
- Exercise (good health).
Now this sounds all very easy, but I think back in the States I sweat too much about the little things that don’t fall on this list. Over the course of these three months, I am going to focus on “Simplicity is Key,” so by the time I return back home, I have a better perspective on life.
To begin with, this past weekend I went on a 10 mile coastal hike, on a path that traces 100 miles of Scottish Coastline. I went with great friends, got some exercise, and had a simple, but delicious lunch (so I satisfied three of the items on the list!).
The views were breathtaking and reminded me a lot of Maine.
I got a bagged lunch from my dining hall; consisting of a boxed ham and cheese sandwich (there are boxed sandwiches everywhere!), an apple, and some nuts. It tasted delicious after a couple hours of walking, and we found a picnic spot by a cliff to have our wonderful picnic.
One of my favourite things on hikes is see the cairns set by previous hikers. It reminds you that others are looking out for you, and you don’t even know them!